Hustle and Bustle.
It is such a busy time of year for most, that you would almost think it is a holiday, but no, is the start of school. This year is different. I will not be sending my kids off early in the morning and entrusting them to someone else for 7 hours of the day. No, this is the year it all changes. We start homeschooling. . .
We started Elizabeth abruptly in April. Best decision we have made. The school she was at was out of control and Common Core has become the nightmare we knew was coming. The hardest part of bringing her home was overcoming her feeling of being inadequate and not smart. Why? The grading rubrics now include “Student is incapable . . .” Math tests graded on a rubric . . . yes, you heard me right. It is bad enough to have developmentally inappropriate curriculum, but now grading on a rubric.
Our oldest barely made it through the end of her sophomore year intact. Horrible math instruction, crazy english teachers and another teacher who broke her down and almost destroyed her. Only one teacher has been a huge blessing and she will take 2 classes from him this year. We are forever grateful for his efforts in finding the perfect niche for her to excel.
So now, we rebuild our children. We will help them to get excited about learning again. We look to the future and choose to do it outside of the box of conformity. We will find the areas where they need help help them to learn and soar. Since I have already had a couple of months homeschooling one child, I am not quite as fearful with both of the girls being home. Time will only tell.
For now, I am simply focusing on learning and making it as fun and engaging as I can. And to make sure that my children are learning truth, especially in history . . .but that is a rant for another day!